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Fast and simple ways to find new reviewers

At Taylor & Francis, we work hard to develop our electronic peer review systems. We want to improve and enhance the quality of peer review. And we want to make it easier for you to find new reviewers.

To do this, we’ve made submission and peer review management quick and easy for:

  • journal editors
  • authors
  • reviewers

We want to show you how to get the most out of the features in your electronic peer review system.

The integrity of peer review

In the past few years, we’ve seen advances in review management with more journals using electronic peer review systems. But we’ve also seen a rise in the ethical issues around peer review.

One area of concern is the increase of “fake reviewers”. This is where authors suggest seemingly real academic reviewers but give an email address controlled by someone else.

Often it is a close associate of the author, or sometimes even the author, who controls this email address. The aim is to pose as a legitimate reviewer to provide a positive, biased review.

How we’re tackling the issue

As a responsible publisher, Taylor & Francis has been keen to tackle this issue.

As a result, we’ve taken many steps to protect the integrity of peer reviews. One step has been to remove the Preferred Reviewers function from our ScholarOne Manuscripts and Editorial Manager sites.

Contributors are no longer asked to suggest names and contact details of possible reviewers during the author submission process. This applies to all of our ScholarOne and Editorial Manager peer review management systems.

We removed this feature from our manuscript tracking systems to protect our peer review process. And because we want to ensure our practices are fair and responsible.

Find new reviewers for your journal

We’re aware that it’s not easy to find new reviewers, suitable for your journal. It can be a hard and time-consuming task for journal editors.

To make it simpler for our editors, we’ve put reviewer locator tools on our electronic editorial systems. Here’s how it works:

  • the system draws information from databases of researchers
  • the reviewer locator tools help to match submissions to suitable reviewers
  • it becomes easier to find reviewers for manuscripts

How to use Reviewer Locator on ScholarOne

Here’s how the system works on ScholarOne Manuscripts:

  1. When an author submits a paper, the Reviewer Locator searches for reviewers based on the manuscript’s keywords and abstract.
  2. The system then feeds those keywords and abstract into the Web of Science.
  3. An algorithm then finds possible reviewers based on that person’s previous publications in the same field.

It’s a great way to broaden the search for reviewers for your journal. It also ensures a wide range of experts in the field can assess the research submitted to your journal.

The search results should be available by the time assigned as editor. All you have to do is go to the Select Reviewers page.

Here you’ll find reviewer details, including the article(s) that flagged him or her as a suitable reviewer for this manuscript. Click View details under each article to discover more.

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How to use Reviewer Discovery on Editorial Manager

This tool searches a third-party database of biographic and bibliographic profiles. It covers around 2.5 million scholars and researchers from the ProQuest Community of Scholars (PQ).

Here’s how this system works to find new reviewers:

  • it tries to match the article’s title and abstract with PQ profiles
  • the result is a list of matches based on how closely the topics in the title and abstract relate to the PQ profiles

When this feature is on, editors see the option: Reviewer Discovery from ProQuest Community of Scholars.

Select this option to start a search. A message will show you the search has begun.

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